Pirates will play like Man City under Riveiro, says a Finish journalist

The moment Orlando Pirates announced Jose Riveiro as their new coach, the response from most people was ‘Jose who?’

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Most of them quickly moved to Google to check the Spanish mentor but there was not much to find.

The only significant entry on his profile is that the 46 – year – old with Inter Turk was in the Finnish league for three years. A Territory journalist named Mikko Knuuttila told SAfm’s Thabiso Mosia that he was an ordinary Spanish coach.

“All I can say is that he’s a coach with a good tactical reputation, very tactical,” Knuuttila said.

“He’s not afraid to change either, he started with 4-3-3 and then changed to 3-4-3. He plays pass, possession, football attack with the ball. He doesn’t like his team clearing the ball.

“When he came to Finland, he brought a striker and he worked well at FC Inter. They would spread the ball wide and into the box and score it. But that doesn’t mean he likes to play ball in the air, he likes to build slowly.

“It’s really like a typical Spanish coach, you can expect similar football to be played in Manchester City (under Pep Guardiola).

“I’m not saying he’s at that level but he’s just an example of how he wants to play. He’s from Northern Spain, perhaps a little more reserved than other Spanish coaches. ”

On his character, Knuuttila said he is a reserved person who lives in football and is a subject who is always on the tip of his tongue.

“He is very calm with the media and does not lose his temper easily. He likes to talk about football. But the pressure here is not the same as in other countries.

“I think South Africa will be different, it has to adapt to media pressure, fan pressure and culture.

“His assistant, Sergio Almenara, was here with him at FC Inter, he is the man he trusts. They qualified the team for the Uefa Conference League but did not play in the tournament. They left to look for other opportunities and now they are in South Africa. But I don’t know the fitness trainer. ”

Knuuttila also revealed that Finished media feel this is a big job for Riveiro because of the pressure and size of Pirates.

“My colleagues here in Finland say that this is a big step for Jose Riveiro. We all agree that this is the biggest move a coach has made from our league in Finland because we know how big Pirates are. ”

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